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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« on: August 24, 2014, 03:36:28 pm »
As said before. I only have UTP cable to the different locations. If you replace the MD by PVR/STB and cables then you increasing complexity and costs instead of decreasing it imho. Even though then the MD might fail I have more trust in something open then the closed smarttv, PVR/STB. Especially if it is possible to have _one_ cheap but fully working solution so all use the same. I still feel the core needs to have all connections directly feed into it and there need to be light players/controllers that can actually be controlled (like also softwarewise) whatever that might be ;-).

In these situations just place a small 4-port switch in the room behind your TV etc and the connect your devices to the switch. A switch is super reliable, low cost and very low energy. We'be used this config in 100's of professional installations and it has proven to work well and be incredibly reliable.

All the best

Andy

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I am running 12.04, and the lights I have assigned to Outdoor rooms are automatically turning on/off at sunset/sunrise just as this post indicates.

Is the only solution still to remove any lights I don't want this behavior for from Outside rooms?

I don't even see an advanced section in my timed events.

Advanced->Configuration->Events seems to take me to an Advanced Events section but I do not see any existing events in there...

Has the ability to even see these automatically generated scenarios been removed?

What if suggest is to create a room called 'Garden' (or whatever you choose) using a room type other than 'outside area'. Now your outside lights will not get the dawn/dusk auto generated scenario. You could add you own manually created dawn/dusk scenario there though that works as you would like.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Raspberry Pi as UPnP player under Dianemo
« on: August 23, 2014, 04:18:25 pm »
Hi,

I'm back to this problem. I intend to replace my MD with RPi and rasbmc image.

I've followed instructions on Wiki page closely, but I must be doing something wrong. I've added upnp plugin and upnp device...

Situation is like this:
- if I start media from within XBMC then I can pause it from Orbiter (if in correct room)
- but if I start media from Orbiter it won't start on RPi (nothing happens)

What I didn't clearly seen is that option of choosing upnp or samba mode when first going into Video or Audio browser. Also I don't know how to do this "... you would use either UPnP mode (set this in Web Admin)...".

There is something still missing here - please can you help me ? Media config is written above - is it right to setup upnp player device for both Audio and Video commands ?

Also another question: from inside XBMC - will it find media from Dianemo as upnp server or should I access media via samba server ?

Thanks in advance,
regards,
Bulek.

To set upnp mode from web admin;

Wizards->Basic Info->Installation->'enable upnp media browsing'

Make sure there is no MM in the room your RPi is in.

Yes Rpi can be set for video/audio commands if no controlled amplifier is in use in the room.

Andy


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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« on: August 23, 2014, 04:04:16 pm »
I think the most important one is to be able to control the PVR to play tv and record etc since that would be something not possible with only the TV with upnp

Oh we do that too. We support IP control of SmartTV's and PVR/STB's, we also support CEC control over IP of TV's too. None of that requires any MD's at all.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« on: August 23, 2014, 11:05:59 am »
Sounds good. Maybe the QOrbiter or HTML orbiter can be add as a plugin. You mean that you cannot control XMBC from another orbiter? That seems like important to be able to use TV or did you solve that differently?

What is then still missing if those 2 points are added? Maybe rs-232 and usb uirt control support? I suppose squeezeslite is already supported?

As with most media players you can control Raspbmc using upnp control but that does not give you access to all of the XBMC UI. With upnp I can send go to a room with a Raspbmc device and stream some video content to it from my Orbiter, and I can control the playback of that content too - play, pause etc.

Yes both SqueezeLite (supports Spotify Premium) and Squeezeslave is supported and full virtualisation of sound cards too so that you can virtualise a 7.1 card in 4x virtual stereo cards etc.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« on: August 23, 2014, 02:34:23 am »
I was just thinking.... I have no experience with any of the following items but maybe its possible and a good way to tackle the issues from both sides:

* use xbmc as the upnp device/player
* xbmc has the ability of playing liveTV via a PVR backend (mythtv)
* use a xmbc plugin to control linuxmce on screen
* be able to use remotes that come with the / are compatible with xbmc to control xbmc & linuxmce via the plugin
* be able to control xbmc via remote orbiters.

Seems to me the best of both worlds and because since you can 'just' use xmbc you don't have to support the hardware yourself while still being able to use the features discussed above.

We already support Raspbmc in fact - the only thing on your list we don't have is an XBMC plugin to control Dianemo or the control from an Orbiter. But everything else is there. After all once you add Raspbmc to Rpi you have one of the best full featured & open media players you can buy.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« on: August 22, 2014, 05:06:29 pm »
I think a R-Pi MD would be the best of both worlds. A LMCE-controlled XBMC R-Pi would also be interesting. I can't say I've had many issues with the MDs themselves. Is what your suggesting more reliable simply because it's not running its OS via the cable? Because a media player is still a standalone piece of hardware that can potentially fail.

Cheers,
Matt.

Of course anything can fail due to hardware failures or software issues. But I actually cannot think of the last time we had either problem with a media player - or a SmartTV for that matter. MD's do often fail due to software issues and partially due to their far greater complexity (there's a lot going on under the hood in an MD!) and the somewhat 'creaky' software architecture they are built on (there's a lot in their that no one really understands). The MD is really a big gas guzzling Cadillac of a media player that for most of the time adds no real advantage and lots of disadvantages. Back in the day when MD's were first created there was no alternative - Pluto had to roll their own 'media player'. But now there are alternate approaches that offer many advantages - as long as you don't want to watch live TV via VDR's front-end ot the Myth equivalent.

PXE booting is not in itself unreliable but if your systems needs to go down then with PXE booted MD's they have to go down too - media players don't.

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Update - New HTML5 Orbiter & UI Preview **New Images**
« on: August 22, 2014, 04:53:26 pm »
This image and the ones that follow show updated screen captures from our new HTML5 Orbiter. Updated graphics and layouts and both landscape & portrait orientations of the same screen to show how the Orbiter dynamically adapts the layout based on orientation.

Did you spot the bug in this screen and the previous one...?

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Marketplace / Update - New HTML5 Orbiter & UI Preview **New Images**
« on: August 22, 2014, 04:51:52 pm »
This image and the ones that follow show updated screen captures from our new HTML5 Orbiter. Updated graphics and layouts and both landscape & portrait orientations of the same screen to show how the Orbiter dynamically adapts the layout based on orientation.

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Marketplace / Update - New HTML5 Orbiter & UI Preview **New Images**
« on: August 22, 2014, 04:48:53 pm »
This image and the ones that follow show updated screen captures from our new HTML5 Orbiter. Updated graphics and layouts and both landscape & portrait orientations of the same screen to show how the Orbiter dynamically adapts the layout based on orientation.

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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« on: August 22, 2014, 04:32:16 pm »
hmm. the whole idea (at least mine  :D) is to have all that centered and then stream from one point to the MD's/or other players. Pulling additional cables to tv's is not really an option in my case.
It's not that I don't trust the coverage or even the reliability with all the neighbor and babymonitor interferences but I personally try to decrease the RF exposure of my kids (wifi/gsm). I read so much about it (http://www.electricsense.com/) that I passed the point that I can just ignore it ;).

You don't need to pull additional cables. Just run everything over CAT5/6 - in most cases even if everything is centralised a single CAT5/6 cable is sufficient.

Re Wifi - everyone must take their own position on this. But I have not seen any solid science (including that site you reference) that says wifi signals are harmful or are any worse than the TV, Mobile Phone and dozens of other RF transmissions that 'wash' over us where ever we are in most locations (Amazon or deserts excepted). Even if I dont turn on my wifi router I have 100's of neighbors who have unless I build a faraday cage around my house I can't stop that RF coming in.

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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« on: August 22, 2014, 12:25:38 pm »
I really like the way you are going with it and have 2 questions that come to mind.

First is the same that I asked in the power saving topic I started and similar to possy's remark: is it possible to watch live mythtv that way (and control recordings etc, I have my tuners in my core).

Secondly I personally try to avoid wifi and have everything wired. Are there cheap solutions to have a fixed orbiter and are there remote like controllers (I currently have a gyration and a mele F10) that can still be used?

Well if you want to watch Live TV then you can still watch it via your TV itself using its tuner or an external feed from an STB etc. For VDR/Myth then no you cant watch Live TV streamed directly from either of those servers. However with Myth & VDR (I think its tru for VDR) you can watch your recorded shows via upnp and a media player or SmartTV.

As to wired v wifi - we've found that if you provide enough wifi coverage (ie multiple AP's located throughout your home to make sure coverage is good) then wifi performs well. I would say 95% or more of our installations/users in the last 2-3 years are using wifi because they use smartphones/tablets for their Orbiters.

You could use your Gyration/F10 but that would mean using MD's as you need a traditional TV Orbiter UI for those to work or make sense. Its your choice in the end.

When we ship our new HTML5 UI then that will not be available on an MD - or at least we wont be offering that. But anyone who wants to could develop an MD with it integrated if they wanted to ;-). The other possibility is to access the HTML5 Orbiter from a SmartTV using its Web browser...we've not tested that config yet...but as our Orbiter is just HTML5 there is no reason why that would not work at all ;-)

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« on: August 22, 2014, 12:17:46 pm »
How do you deal with watching liveTV using a media player? Does the TV signal, whether it's satellite, freeview, cable, whatever, still go to the core?

Also do you lose the onscreen orbiter? If yes, while not a showstopper, I would say it's a disadvantage, it's great being able to do anything from anywhere.

Cheers,
Matt.

Matt - see my earlier post in this thread re LiveTV etc. But the short answer is you can watch live TV via you actual TV - we provide control of the TV for this purpose and you can also watch live TV via any STB's you have controlled by your system too (either locally in the room or sometimes via a video matrix for a larher install where you have centralised STB's distributed through an HDMI Matrix).

Yes you do loose the Orbiter UI on the TV... but you have it instead on your tablet or smartphone instead. The UI then is right in your hand... and you can switch to any room/device and control it without having any TV's on at all...or turn a TV on from tablet/smartphone if you want to etc etc.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« on: August 22, 2014, 12:11:47 pm »
With regards to power usage, I have high hopes that rPi (or similar) based MD solutions will provide the best of both worlds:

1) standardized hardware
2) full MD

phenigma has been very busy with it, and I applaud his efforts.

Well hardware like Rpi would definitely deliver on the power usage front of course - the hardware in a Rpi is broadly similar to small media players. And I also applaud anyone, including phenigma, who actually does some real development and pushes the envelope in any direction. So I'm not knocking that effort or saying its in any way worthless at all.

But at the end of the day whatever hardware an MD runs on you still have additional complexity that I think for a very large number of people/installations is not an advantage. Yes if you want the VDR/Myth TV UI integrated then its probably the best route...but adding those to an MD (especially Myth) always causes some problems in my experience. And of course for Myth, and i expect this might be true too of VDR but I'm not sure, you can access recorded content via a media player or SmartTV - we still have installations where the MythTV backend is running on the Core and all the recorded shows are access via upnp on media players. As long as you aren't worried about live TV then that works well.

All the best

Andy

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We have some very special promotions on Dianemo Software Licenses (Current release is for Ubuntu 12.04LTS Desktop) and configuration vouchers - Please PM me here if you want to purchase any of the offers below;
Note: all offers are available world wide to non commercial customers ie if your a pro-installer you DO NOT QUALIFY.

UPDATE - Last few Offer 2 licenses left - Order now if you want one.

We have updated Offer 3 to include some basic Athena Orbiter configuration training (anyone who has already purchased this Offer will get this upgrade too). Also see the url below to a video showing the Athena Orbiter in action . Thanks - UPDATE

Offer 1 - We have 50 Configuration vouchers available for $99 USD (these are normally priced at $250 USD each) which cover all the basic configuration options - if you purchase one of these before 12pm GMT on Aug 28 we will also configure your system for the new HTML5 UI when its released shortly. These discounted vouchers are going very quickly so don't hesitate to purchase one - even if you don't need it right away. Again this offer is available to new and existing customers and you can purchase multiple vouchers. Vouchers must be paid for in advance and are valid for 18 months from purchase date.

Offer 2 - We have 10 Dianemo 12.04 Software Licenses available at a big discounted price of $299 USD (a $100 saving) and we will also do the basic configuration of your system for free (a $160 saving). That's a saving of $260 USD in total. This offer is open to both new and existing customers and you can purchase more than one license. All Dianemo licenses include free updates and upgrades to 14.04LTS when available. Please contact me before midnight on Aug 31 to qualify for this offer.

Offer 3 - By popular request we're making 25 HTML5 Orbiter Configuration Vouchers priced at $59 USD each available from today. These more affordable vouchers cover just the new HTML5 Orbiter UI configuration and would suit any users who already have a working system but want to transition some, or all Orbiters, over to the new UI when it ships in the last quarter of 2014. Importantly included as part of the Voucher we will also assist you in learning how the new HTML5 Orbiter UI is configured and what setup changes are required. These vouchers are valid for 18 months from the date the new HTML5 Orbiter UI ships.

See the Athena Orbiter in action; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KQAeGia26A&authuser=0

All Offers must be paid for by Paypal (no other payments accepted). We expect these to go very quickly so don't hesitate if your interested.

All the best


Andy






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